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Peter: The Untold True Story

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  372 ratings  ·  101 reviews
Chris Mechling's new historical novel, Peter, introduces readers to the amazing true story behind the fairy tale of Peter Pan. The book tells the adventures of the real boy who came to London and became a well-known figure more than a hundred years before James Barrie penned his classic. Peter the Wild Boy lived in eighteenth century England, through the reigns of three ...more
Hardcover, 220 pages
Published May 4th 2013 by Christopher Mechling
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Hazel West
Dec 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: to-review
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I was not in any way obligated to write a positive review.

Thoughts on the Overall Book: I always like to read "origin stories" or such like, especially for characters in famous books or ones about the people they were based off of. I didn't know a lot about the origin of Peter Pan before I read this book, so it was an interesting read for me.

Cover--Yea or Nay: To be honest, this cover would not make me pick up the
Rebecca McNutt
Peter tells the strange and mysterious story of a "wild boy" discovered in England over a century ago, and how this feral child influenced the world. Detailed and factual, yet still carrying a spark of magic and myth, this book is one that any historian or fantasy lover would never forget.
Mallory Ann
Oct 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received this book free on Amazon.

Everyone knows the tale of Peter Pan, but this is the story of Peter, the real boy who never grew up. It is the tale of a young boy found in the Hamelin forest, and the adventures he had once he was brought back to civilization and the court of England. Peter: The Untold True Story is such a wonderful and magical book. You grow attached to Peter and the other characters. It made me smile, laugh, and cry. I think the author did an amazing job writing this. Each
Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This story was so well written, it was as if it were one of the classics. I loved how it was its own story, wrapped around true events as well as hints of Neverland-like magic. Every time I sat down with this book, I felt like I was being wrapped up in it like a blanket. Toward the end, the author did a good job of portraying the emotion behind saying goodbye to childhood. I may have lost a few tears in those final chapters.

It's hard to say which parts are real, and which parts are made up. In
Dec 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This book was very uplifting and definitely a feel-good read. It seemed to be lacking a little bit in plot at times, and I would probably recommend it mostly to children or teens. However, I definitely enjoyed reading it. Although I disagreed with some of the philosophical discussions, I did think they added to the book and I enjoyed reading them. It was especially enjoyable to read the references to actual authors. I would have enjoyed more history in the book and less fairies, but overall it ...more
Nov 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won an advanced copy of Peter in December and finally got around to reading it. I really liked this rendition or retelling of Peter Pan. I have always loved the story of Peter as it made me realize how wondeful it is to be a kid in a big world full of hard questions and hard decisions. I really liked how the author slowly starting piecing the story of Peter Pan that we all know together, with the feather in his hat and the defeated pirate. I love retellings of my favourite stories so this was ...more
Linda Todd
Oct 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: friends
Recommended to Linda by: a gift
Wow a fabulous story I enjoyed every page of this book. Wonderful adventure you can't help go along for the ride with Peter and friends. The enjoyment I felt when things went well for Peter and the sadness when they went wrong. My thanks to the author Christopher Mechling also my thanks for the privilege and pleasure of reading this wonderful story I would love to read more in the future so yes I would recommend this book to my friends happily so to all happy reading with love from wee me. xxxx
Nov 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Very relaxing read! You become attached to peter throughout the book,emotionally and compassionately and his moods and actions are very infectious, in the story and to the reader! You become so enthralled in trying to find out the secrets of this boys life and his upbringing that before you know it, you have finished the book. To me that's what makes this story the magic of the mystery!
Sep 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, owned, retellings
This book was just what I needed.
First of all I must say I loved the foreword. It is a must-read to all aspiring writers.
"Peter: The Untold True Story" is a magical,kind and innocent type of story. It made me smile till the end. It gave me adventure,magic,a whole new world and interesting characters that made this ride a good one.
Dec 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history
This is a wonderfully magical book. It makes you look at life in a different way and how you can still be a kid at heart. We are forced to grow old, but we don't have to grow up. There are always aspects in our life that would be easier if we could just be a little more childish and fun.
Nov 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I won this as a giveaway. I could not put this book down because I wanted to learn more about Peter and the inspiration for Peter Pan a century later.
Apr 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A magical journey that captures the spirit of fantasy through dreams and wishes

PETER: The untold true story of the boy who never grew up is an illuminating insight that explores the mysterious life of one of the age of enlightenment’s most curious characters, through the eyes of those who met him. The enthralling, enchanting historical narrative( wherein you discover the origins of a legend)transports you back in time to the heart of18th century England. The exciting adventures of the wild boy
Roxie Wojcik
Nov 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: History and Folklore enthusiasts
Recommended to Roxie Wojcik by: Goodreads First Reads
Shelves: first-reads
Christopher Daniel MechlingPeter: The Untold True Story was a Goodreads First Reads giveaway of which I was fortunate enough to win!! Thank you :)

If you are a Peter Pan aficionado, then this is the book for you! It is written through beloved memories of little girls that wanted the enchantment that was Peter to be remembered and enjoyed by others. Stories were created and exaggerated upon, to entertain him and his thirst of having stories read to him, as his caretakers ran out of stories written
Sep 22, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story got me from the first few pages making me smile and kept me turning pages till the very end. I liked the way this book was written. Proper attention was given to details from the very start, wich ignited my visual imagination, made me to bond with the characters quickly, feel their emotions and environement around them. As the story evolved, it became more narrative focusing on the events rather than on the details around those events. I liked Peter and sympathized with him. I kept ...more
Dec 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
I thought this story was a breath of fresh air. In the theme of youth this was the cleanest story I have read in a very long time. Peter is a baby when this story starts riding in a carriage with his parents. The carriage comes to a stop in the middle of the enchanted forest and Peter disappears not to be seen again till age 11. Naked and grown up in the wild. Margaret a young girl sings and Peter stops to listen. Margaret spots the wild boy. Her family takes him in and everyone who comes to ...more
Victoria Li
Dec 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: to-read-again
When I first saw this at my bookstore, I thought: "Wow, what an unattractive cover."

Then I opened it and found the beauty of the book within. Who would've guessed?

This made me see the world of Peter the Wild Boy through the Wild Boy's eyes himself. It helped that one (and possibly the one) of my favorite childhood stories was Peter Pan.

There are stories like these where you can't really tell if a story is actually true, or if it was all just part of the author's imagination. I like to believe
Jeniece Goellner
I received this book as part of a giveaway by the author on Good Reads. That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The author’s first book turns a historical figure of Peter the Wild Boy that inspired tales of Peter Pan into an easily accessible, charming, and captivating story for all ages. The narrators the author uses, young girls at different points in Peter’s life, speak from the heart about Peter and I found it helped let Peter enter my own life as I read this novel.

Looking at the
Megan Coppadge
Aug 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: author-given
I received this book courtesy of the author. I really loved this book. It kept my attention and I couldn't wait to find out what would happen to Peter next. I loved all of the characters and I felt like they were all well rounded, I wasn't missing any crucial information.

There's only two things that I can think of off the top of my head that bothered me. One of which was my fault completely and had nothing to do with the author. I didn't know any thing about King George I or his family so I did
Charity Cano Pierson
Jan 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a very easy read, it flowed well, and was able to read it in a sitting. I loved the character Peter and the fact that he didn't speak (others doing it for him) and I grew to love the characters, when some had to leave I felt hurt that they wouldn't be able to be a part of Peter's life anymore. I also liked how Mechling was able to create a world of faries in England.

My con's would be that the book felt a little empty, or more about the girls/woman in his life...there were also points
Nov 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow. I was not expecting this book to be so good. This is one of those books where you simply can't tell if it is fiction or not, it is so well written and so plausible! It feels just fantastic enough to be true.

While I spent a lot of time feeling sorry for Peter, I kept reminding myself that he was happy with the path his life took. And whether I agreed with the "civilized" people or not, it was a really interesting twist on the Peter Pan story, one that will stick with me for a long, long
Jul 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
It took a while for me to write this because my son had the book first and then I finally got to read it. I liked this book. I love fairy tales and The stories behind them. I thought this book was entertaining and well written. I love the characters and how Peter to is remembered by people who actually knew the boy behind the story. My son also liked this book. He is 10 and said that he liked this book and how it was an original story (as in behind the movie, where it came from) He liked how it ...more
Nov 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received a free ebook in exchange for an honest review.

I loved the idea of this book. The real life Peter Pan was so intriguing to me. I think Mechling did a great job of telling the story. It was interesting to see the aspects of the Peter Pan story in the story of the Wild Boy.

This book was an easy read and kept my interest most of the time. There were some parts where some uneventful visits back and forth bored me but overall I wanted to continue reading to see what would happen next.

Oct 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have fallen in love with this book! While it doesn't have much in the action department, the feel of the story more than makes up for it. This will be one of those stories you read over and over and your kids will love it as much as you do! I had my 4 year old nephew overnight and he wanted a story before bed so I pulled this out having just started it. After the first part he begged me to keep reading. He stayed up until halfway through the third part. And when he woke up we had to keep ...more
Apr 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book as a First Reads giveaway and was excited to dive right into it. Overall, it was a well written and enjoyable story of Peter, The Wild Boy, told from the perspective of the royal family in the 1700s. The only thing missing from the book, in my opinion, was additional author's notes to provide a little more historical perspective to the story. I highly recommend the book to anyone that is interested in learning the foundation to the tale of Peter Pan and to those that just ...more
Darrick Williams
Sep 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This great story of Peter Pan/ “the wild boy” had me engross in their world. Between the pastime backdrop, jungle, and king came a great adventure. The book flowed so well, I found myself flying through the pages. You will know if you will like this book by the first ten pages. This one I will read again.
Miranda Freeman
Feb 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book was wonderful. I am already in love with the story and the characters from Peter Pan and this book makes them even more real. I loved every second of it. It was a quick read and I loved Peter's innocence and unconditional love. Very cute book, 'easy-to-read' writing style, great characters, and a fabulous plot line. I really enjoyed it.
Amelia Carter
Mar 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written with a story that would touch even the coldest of hearts. This story was brilliant and entertaining throughout, and, as my first historical fiction read I think it did the genre justice and I will definitely look out for Christopher Mechlings work in the future. I loved every page of it.
Jun 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"Real Review to follow - But for now let me quickly say this book is one of very few books I will give a five star rating. Complex layers of thought provoking ideas weave in and out of this book depending on how one approaches the reading, it would "fit" into almost any book genre. All in all his book gave me plenty to ruminate about as I enjoyed the story.
Feb 05, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was pleasantly surprised by this--I got a free copy off of Amazon and figured I would give it a shot. This was a great, fun read. The plot was well-developed and easy to follow, but I would have liked to see more depth in the characters. I'm looking forward to seeing more from this author.
Jun 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
I won this book from the author's Twitter giveaway.

I liked this book. It was a nice Peter Pan origin story. You really grow attached to Peter. However, I wish I knew how much of it was true and how much of it was the author's own writing. That was unclear.
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Chris Mechling was born and raised in San Diego, California. Together with his brother Nick, he owns and manages several businesses. Now 30 years old, Chris has been writing since childhood, and intends to publish a number of his completed works over the next few years- with Peter: The Untold True Story being the first to be released.
His passions, besides writing, include teaching, painting, and
“All children grow up, all but one. His name is Peter and by now, all the civilized world has heard of him. He has captured the public imagination and become a legend, a subject for poets, philosophers and psychologists to write about, and for children to dream of. The children’s tales might be lacking in some details, but on the whole they are more accurate than most other accounts, for children will always understand Peter intuitively, as I did when I first met him.

"I shall endeavor to tell you the true story of my friend Peter, because he cannot tell it to you himself. Afterward I hope you will love him and defend him as I have for the remainder of your days. Pass on to others a true account of the wild boy who would not grow up, who danced with kings and won the hearts of princesses. He defied logic and reason, lived and loved with an innocent heart, and found peace in the midst of a turbulent world.”
“…This place was once like your Enchanted Forest is- home to tens of thousands of fairies. But that was many ages ago, before the Kingdom of Britain was established. In those early days, the fairies ruled over the land.” 27 likes
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